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Canada has opportunity to become a global leader in conservation

By Nancy J. Turner      

If Canada takes immediate action and commits significant new funds to securing the bold, large-scale protections that the science and Indigenous knowledge call for, it can become a global leader in conservation and help provide and sustain clean water, vibrant lands and cultures and a more stable climate for generations to come.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna can spur progress by investing in provincial, territorial and Indigenous peoples’ efforts to create new parks and protected areas, and recognize areas identified for protection by Indigenous nations. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

ST. JOHN'S—Bright yellow and slate blue Canada warblers have been flying out of the boreal forest in the past few months heading south for the winter. These tiny songbirds are strong enough to make a thousand-mile, nonstop flight over the Atlantic Ocean, yet they are struggling in the face of another challenge: the disappearance of wild places along their migration route. As human development encroaches on their habitat, the Canada warbler population has dropped by 80 per cent

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